Thursday, May 24, 2012

Quick Update

Man it seems like weeks are flying by in a blur! This week we haven't done a lot, just living out day to day activities. Leo had t-ball practice twice this week and he's getting to be pretty good! His first game is next Thursday and I can't wait! Jacoby had another ear infection so we got to go to the ear, nose and throat specialist who said tubes are the way to go so we have (minor) surgery scheduled two weeks from tomorrow. And I'm just getting my head together for a garage sale with my sis-in-law next week. We made quite a bit of money last year when we had one so it's hard to resist having another one! I don't have a lot of stuff but I think I'm purging all my baby stuff. I think.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Vacation Recap

Since it's been a week since we've been back from vacation and I've posted some pictures here I finally have a little time to give a recap of what we did!

I recently started my new job within the same company but we had already paid for partially and planned a family vacation so 3 weeks in to my new job we went on vacation.  We just took a jaunt 3 horus to the north to Kansas City.  We go there usually one or two times per year and this year we found a few things that we hadn't done yet.

I had found a Groupon for a hotel in KC that was only $100 for 2 nights.  It was in a suite that had a seperate bedroom and then a kitchenette as well.  So I snatched up 2 of those bad boys.  That was really helpful because it gave Leo his own sleeping area (on the pull-out couch in the living room) and it also gave us a place to keep leftovers from dinners the night before, drinks so we weren't having to pay for individual drinks everywhere we went and a place to keep milk that I pumped plus baby food for Jacoby.  So all in all a win!

We have learned that vacation with Leo is a challenge.  He is so energetic and loud that hotels sometimes can be frustrating because we are trying to keep him quiet and cooped up.  But the hotel worked well since it was a bigger room.  We also find it challenging that he gets really wound up and doesn't take a nap because we are always on the go.  So we decided to not jam-pack the vacation and just try to have a relaxing time.  So we only planned one activity per day and lots of downtime.

We left home Saturday morning and got to KC about 2.  We checked into the hotel and then dropped Jacoby off at my aunt and uncles house while we headed to the Royals ballpark for the baseball game.  That made for a long day because the game was at 6 and we didn't get back to the hotel until almost 11.  But the Royals won so it was awesome!

Sunday we didn't have big plans and it worked out well because it POURED all day.  I met up with a friend (and former roommate) who recently had a baby.  So we talked and hung out for about an hour.  Then I picked up the boys from the hotel and we went to dinner with my aunt and uncle and their kids.  We also endured a tornado warning at their house.  So I am thankful they live there so we didn't have to figure out where to go at the hotel for shelter!

Monday we went to the brand new aquarium that had opened up 2 weeks prior.  It was pretty packed but the place was awesome and Leo and Jacoby both enjoyed it.  I think it's funny that I'm saying Jacoby enjoyed it but there were places where we walked under the fish and Jacoby was just looking up and staring at the fish swimming above him.  He was mesmorized by it all!

Tuesday was our other busy day.  We went to Legoland in the morning.  Again, this had just opened two weeks prior to us being there and it was also really busy.  But Leo had a blast and I really loved seeing the wheels turn in his head to figure out how to create what he wanted.  We tried to go back to the hotel after that to get him to nap before our next excursion which was another Royals game that night but it didn't quite work out.  We hit up the game that night and they won again!  But we were all exhausted afterwards!

Wednesday was our last day there and so after we checked out we went to Legends which is an outdoor outlet shopping center.  It houses a Dave and Busters so we went there.  We ended up spending 3 hours there alone.  We ate lunch and played games.  It was so much fun.  We also shopped around and got some really good deals.  To me the best deal was Leo's shoes.  Last year over Memorial day weekend we went to KC and we bought Leo a pair of shoes from the Nike outlet.  They have lasted until this year and have just started to tear in the last month.  So we went back to the Nike outlet store and scored a sweet pair of shoes for Leo for only $30!  And they will hopefully last another year.  Woot woot!  We ended up getting back home around 8 Wednesday night.  And I was so ready to be home.

Thursday we took my dad to see the Avengers for his birthday.  It was awesome!  Then Friday, Saturday and Sunday we didn't have plans and just hung out recuperating to go back to work on Monday.  All in all it was a pretty amazing week.  And was super difficult to go back to work on Monday.  So I guess I need to win the lottery so we can do that all the time!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spin Cycle: Hate Spewing

Gretchen gave us another easy topic this week for the spin cycle.  You can tell it's easy because it's only Saturday and I'm already on it.  This weeks topic is hate.  While in our house we try to limit the word hate and choose other words that suit what we're trying to say.  That way Leo doesn't go around hating everything.  But we're all friends here.  And if not...I hate you.  Haha!  But are just a few things bulleted out that I hate:

  • I hate that recently Leo is a serious know-it-all.  And also just all around attitude-haver.  He is killkng my soul.  I do not want to raise a horrible child but lately I feel that is exactly what he is.  I know it's a phase (well at least it better be) but I am dying a slow death every day when he yells at me for some stupid reason.  And then when I punish him he throws the mother of all fits.  So it's honestly a lose-lose.
  • I hate that my mom is out of the country for 2 weeks.  Technically only 1 more week at this point but I miss her.  Hi mom!  Come home soon! :)
  • I hate that we have had only 1 t-ball practice for Leo but I already know who the "loud-mouth" parent is.  Thankfully it's not me but gah, she's going to get on my damn nerves!
  • I hate that I don't work with my friends anymore because I miss having someone to talk to day in and day out.
  • I hate that we don't have enough money for me to buy a frivolous dress for my 10-year class reunion.  I just want to spend an obscene amount of money to make myself look better. It's all for a shallow reason but I just want to be able to do it!
  • I hate that there are terrible people out there that cause me to worry for my kids safety. 
  • I hate that there are terrible people out there that cause me to have to explain why we can't say/do certain things.  And why we need to be better people and not worry about the color of people's skin, their sexual orientation, how they look, act, etc.  I just want everyone to follow the golden rule. 
  • I hate that my friend is going through a terrible family situation and she can't control anything about it.  And I want her to know how much she is loved. :)
Ok, enough!  I'm glad Gretchen gave me that outlet.  I honestly feel better!  Thanks for listening!  I hope everyone has a super rest of their weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Gretchen made it easy on us and gave us words as a topic. And since I've been MIA this was an easy post to put together. So here are pictures from our vacation last week! Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I'm a wordy your mouth

This week's spin cycle topic is words.  And Gretchen gave us all the leniency to do whatever we liked with it.  So for my journey into this post is how wordy I can be.  If you know me in real life you know that I like to talk.  A lot.  But only once you get to know me.  If you don't know me that well I don't talk a lot.  If you know me from my blog you know that I can go on and on for days about nothing. But I think that's what I really like about my blog is that I can go on and on and I don't care.  Because it's mine and if you don't want to read it you don't have to.  But this gives me a place to get it out there and use my creativity and what I like to do.  I went to school for advertising/marketing/PR and don't really get to use it that much at my job.  I also don't feel very artistic but this gives me a place to use what I think I am semi-talented at.  So here we are.  4 years later with a lot of blathering.  And people give me topics and I just run with them!  So thanks Gretchen for giving me something to talk about and letting my creative juices go!  We appreciate the guidance!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sometimes and Always

This is my first time trying Sometimes and Always with Megan but I figured I would give it a try.  So here we go...

Sometimes I just want everyone to fend for themselves for dinner and just chow down on some delicious cereal.
Always end up cooking or at least figuring out a meal for everyone to eat.

Sometimes I really like going to work and feeling accomplished by what I'm doing that day.
Always wish we could win the lottery so I never had to work again!

Sometimes I wish I could be a stay at home mom with my sweet bambinos and see all that they do every day.
Always am thankful to get out of the house to have adult conversations in the real world

Sometimes I think that I have nothing to blog about.
Always am able to come up with something. 

Sometimes I set my alarm 30-60 minutes before I need to get up in hopes of getting a workout in.
Always hit snooze a bajillion times and skip that early morning workout.

Wow...that was a lot easier than I thought!  Make sure to link up and check out all the other Sometimes/always posts!